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Arnold Marsden, Vicky Carter and Mark Townsend with members of Carter Leisure who have raised almost �3,000 for Leukeamia Research.
Arnold Marsden, Vicky Carter and Mark Townsend with members of Carter Leisure who have raised almost �3,000 for Leukeamia Research.
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A popular Clitheroe dad of two, who was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia, has inspired his pals at the gym to get fund raising.

Arnold Marsden is a regular at Carter Leisure in Clitheroe and, when owner Vicky Carter heard he was ill, she rallied members to get on their bikes to raise some money for Leukaemia Research.

I feel humbled by what they have done, it is a fantastic amount to raise

Arnold Marsden

A sponsored spinathon, which is a sport Arnold enjoys, was held at the gym in Chatburn Road to coincide with the Tour of Great Britain and seven instructors and 110 members managed to cover 147k to raise just over £3,000. Arnold (50) who lives in Brungerly Avenue with his medical secretary wife Samantha, said: “I feel humbled by what they have done, it is a fantastic amount to raise.”

Arnold was diagnosed with a rare form of the illness known as acute promyeloid leukaemia in March after a visit to his GP when he woke up one morning with a mouth full of blood blisters.

An area manager for Tarmac, Arnold had also felt tired for a couple of weeks and unexplained bruises kept appearing on his body.

He said: “I was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital that same day for treatment and since then I have undergone four rounds of chemotherapy treatment. The consultant said the fact I was quite fit and relatively young were good signs to help me fight the illness.”

Arnold, who has two daughters, Georgia (19) and 18-year-old Olivia, is also benefitting from recent research into the disease that has discovered high doses of Vitamin A help to combat it.

Vicky, who has also been selling “Cure Leukaemia” wristbands at the gym, said: “Arnold and his wife are a lovely couple and everyone here wanted to do something to help and we feel that we are especially as he is benefitting from such recent research into the disease.”

Donations can still be made to the fund at www.justgiving.com/Carter-Leisure/.

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